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Welcome to the April  2018 edition of INDIA LIVE, your source for what's happening with India, presented by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.

Prime Minister Modi addressed Indian students at Smart India Hackathon 2018 saying "what will drive innovation is IPPP - Innovate, Patent, Produce, and Prosper." Modi said he was delighted to interact with students to work out solutions on how to take the nation forward, "What our young minds are doing today will benefit the nation in the coming years."

French President Emmanuel Macron visited India and joined with Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate one of the country's biggest solar plants, extending India's global solar ambitions.


The Indian digital gaming industry is growing rapidly, with  behemoths like Alibaba backed-Paytm, Tencent, Youzu and Nazara investing in it. One of the  top five countries  for mobile gaming in the world, the industry is already worth over  $890 million . And w ith the demand for games on an upward curve, the country now has more than 250 game development companies, up from a mere 25 in 2010, with at least two startups coming up every month.

Meet the Indian Architect Who Brought Home His Industry's Top Prize

Indian architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi won this year's Pritzker Prize, the top award in the field of architecture. Doshi, who is based in Ahmedabad, is renowned for creating well-designed low-cost housing, answering a crucial need in India.

Book Talk by Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey of their book "Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India" at Embassy of India on March 23, 2018

The Young Guns from India Who Cracked Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List

India headlined at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia compilation this year - gaining 65 of the total 300 finalists on the prestigious list, higher than any other country. Given the current median age of 27 in India, this should be of little surprise, the editors write. The field includes Rahul and Raja Gayam of Gayam Motor Works, Bobble Keyboard co-creator Ankit Prasadis and actress Anushka Sharma.

Taj Mahal, Other Indians Tourist Sites to be Designated 'Iconic'

India has designated several famous tourist sites, such as the Taj Mahal, as "iconic destinations," a move that will aid their development and promotion. The Government will improve the sites' infrastructure, develop their technology, increase branding and marketing and seek private investment.